the elongated woody core in which the grains of an ear of corn are embedded.
Also called corncob pipe. a tobacco pipe with a bowl made from a corncob.

Origin of corncob

An Americanism dating back to 1780–90; corn1 + cob Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for corncob

Historical Examples of corncob

  • There are pedants and bigots who insist that the jug must be stoppered with a corncob.


    Christopher Morley

  • The judge stood at his gate a minute, lighting his corncob pipe.

    Back Home

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • He puffed vigorously at his corncob, and continued to carve his ship model.

    Plowing On Sunday

    Sterling North

  • Aunt Ailsey took up a corncob pipe from the stones and fell to smoking.

    The Battle Ground

    Ellen Glasgow

  • Her uncle had risen and was feeling for his corncob pipe on the ledge above the door.

    Janice Day

    Helen Beecher Long

British Dictionary definitions for corncob



the core of an ear of maize, to which kernels are attached
short for corncob pipe
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